Van Halen schedule was always wrong
Eddie Van Halen says the band went out on tour long before they wanted to – and that’s one of the reasons they postponed a series of dates during the summer.
And he’s revealed his relief when son Wolfgang, bassist in Van Halen, first showed an interest in and talent for music at an early age.
A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984, pushed the band back into the limelight earlier this year – then gave rise to speculation that their old feuds had risen when they suddenly pulled 30 shows of their tour.
But Van Halen says they knew it was too soon to hit the road, and they only reason they did it was to play New York’s Madison Square Garden before the venue closed for refurbishment.
He tells USA Today: “The record took a lot out of us, then we went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden, and that threw the schedule out of whack.”
But he’s hinted the band will make it up to their fans, saying: “In November we’ll hit Japan and in the new year we’ll possibly do something special – but I can’t talk about it.”
Meanwhile, the guitarist says he didn’t try to force Wolfgang into a musical career, and he didn’t even tell him much about Van Halen’s musical heritage – but he was overjoyed when his son found his own way into the art.
“A lot of people are born with a gift but they just kind of half-ass it,” says the proud dad. “They never reach the level they could be at. At the opposite end you have people who are not born with the natural ability, who work so damn hard but never get anywhere because they don’t have that edge.
“To be born with rhythm is a helluva bonus.” Turning to Wolfgang he says: “I was so happy when I saw you foot-tapping to a commercial. ‘Yes – he’s got rhythm!’”
Wolfgang reveals the best advice his father has given him is: “You only have twelve notes. It’s a matter of how you use them.” In turn, Eddie says his dad told him: “If you make a mistake, do it twice and smile. People will think you meant it.”